The Testimony Of Bill Rudge ... from a troubled youth to a Christian minister.
August 20, 2005
Hard to categorize
Unshackled just happens to be one of the longest running weekly radio drama shows (if not THE longest), and its longevity can be explained in a few words: There are a lot of people who have stories to tell.
Unshackled is produced by the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, IL. It is fair to say that the show is formulaic because it is: through a haze of overdone organ music, a godless human's life is "dramatized" in all its depravity. Through a series of events, this person hits the wall of their sin and has a conversion experience, dedicates their life to God, and achieves a complete turnaround in their life. The only saving grace of the show is that all of these stories are true.
These radio shows are intended - obviously - as evangelistic tools. But that doesn't mean that the stories aren't worth hearing. And maybe the writing, acting, and general production values leave something to be desired, but that's understandable. Unshackled was never about glitz and glamour, it was always about getting across the basics of how to come to the Lord through an endless stream of examples of others who have done it.
So is this show good? Yes and No. Is it bad? No and Yes. Does it preach to the choir? Sure. Is it an effective evangelism tool? I can't answer that question. Does this episode even stand out from the rest? Not necessarily, but it's as good an introduction as any to a mainstay of Christian radio for years and years.